Mideast Syria

  • Current funding of £1.12 billion to be more than doubled
  • Money to be invested in the region over the next four years
  • Cash to help fund education, jobs and humanitarian protection in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey

The UK will invest at least an extra £1.2 billion in international aid to support Syria and the region, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.

The pledge was made on the day high-level representatives from 70 countries and international organisations around the world were due in London to debate support for the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis.

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales gave his support to the aims of the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference by attending a reception held on Wednesday 3rd February at Lancaster House, which was also attended by the Prime Minister.

The UK has already pledged £1.12bn in the region, making it the second biggest bi-lateral donor in the world. The new announcement will see an extra £1.2bn-plus being spent between 2016 and 2020, taking the UK’s total investment to more than £2.3bn.

The Supporting Syria and the Region Conference will be co-hosted by the UK, alongside Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the United Nations.

It will aim to raise billions of dollars in international aid, with the current UN appeal standing at more than $7bn.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “With hundreds of thousands of people risking their lives crossing the Aegean or the Balkans, now is the time to take a new approach to the humanitarian disaster in Syria.

“This pledge of more than £2.3bn in UK aid sets the standard for the international community – more money is needed to tackle this crisis and it is needed now.

“And we can provide the sense of hope needed to stop people thinking they have no option but to risk their lives on a dangerous journey to Europe.”

The conference will also aim to build economic opportunities, creating job opportunities for refugees and host country citizens alike. And it will seek to put all refugee children in education by 2017 – along with vulnerable children in the three host countries.

In addition, the conference will aim to make lives better for those still remaining in Syria, by funding food, shelter and healthcare, and rebuilding health facilities.

UK’s £1.12bn included supplying

20 million food rations

Clean water to 1.6 million people

2.5 million medical consultations

4.6 million relief packages

Help with sanitation and hygiene to 7.2 million people